MSNBC GOP DEBATE Candidate FACT CHECK!!Submitted by ILUVRON2008 on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 14:36
Sen. John McCain said he voted twice to make Bush's tax cuts permanent -- but doesn't mention that he initially opposed them.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney falsely portrayed Hillary Clinton's proposed health care plan as an all-government program. It's not.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee once again claimed the FairTax would benefit everyone. That's not possible.
And former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani continued a pattern of exaggerating his accomplishments while in office
McCain's tax evasion
McCain spoke as though he had always supported Bush's tax cuts:
McCain: I think it's very important that we make the Bush tax cuts permanent. I voted to make them permanent twice already. If people and businesses and families in America are now planning their 2010 budget, there's a great deal of uncertainty. And if we don't make the tax cuts permanent, then they will experience what amounts to a tax increase.
It is true that McCain voted in 2006 to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. But he was against the cuts before he was for them, and his statements in the debate elide that fact. McCain voted against both sets of Bush tax cuts, in 2001 and in 2003. And on NBC's "Meet the Press" in 2004, McCain stated that he did not support extending all the cuts, though he did go on to say that he would make the so-called "middle class" tax cuts permanent:
McCain in 2004: I would have -- I voted against the tax cuts because of the disproportionate amount that went to the wealthiest Americans. I would clearly support not extending those tax cuts in order to help address the deficit. But the middle-income tax credits, the families, the child tax credits, the marriage tax credits, all of those I would keep.
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